I am so frustrated with food.
I desperately want to lose a good 7-8 lbs. Why won't the scale budge?? Sometimes, it even goes up!
I get up before dawn, put in a hard hour or so and then do it again in the afternoon. I'm sure I'm burning a good 800 calories/day. Easy.
I eat almost all healthy foods. I eat oatmeal, raisins and almonds for breakfast. I have spinach salads with black beans and lots of colorful veggies. I have oranges or a couple fig newtons for a snack. Dinner is usually some type of lean meat with a whole grain carb and lots of veggies. I have skim milk. I make low cal (270) protein smoothies as recovery drinks when I've had a long workout. I am so careful about what I put in my mouth. Sure, I cheat. But not much. Is a nightly 150 calorie Skinny Cow ice cream bar so bad?
Is that really enough to sabotage a day of near perfect (in my mind) eating?
I spent two days painstakingly counting my calories. I wanted to see what I was Really doing. Of course, the simple act of that caused me to behave a bit more. I just cut out some mindless snacking. Now, my mindless snacking is usually on something as benign as pretzels dipped in salsa or a rice cake with a little peanut butter (even organic!) on it. So, I am just not sure what I'm doing wrong.
My calorie intake those days was around 2100 or so. I find it hard to compute exactly what dinner is since I don't have the boneless skinless chicken breasts weighed or the veggies measured either. I usually cut up a bunch of asparagus/ red or yellow bell peppers/ zucchini/onion and saute them in a bit of olive oil and garlic. That seems like a reasonable amount of calories for someone my height (5'5") and with my activity level.
I had awesome help from Marni last summer. I have a good handle on how to eat pre/post workout and for racing. But I want to lose more weight. I want to get that "free speed." I feel fitter and stronger and I even Feel slimmer lately but darnit, that scale won't budge! Maybe it's the scale. Yup, I think it's just wrong.